New Queensland Guardianship Laws and forms for planning ahead
New guardianship laws and enduring power of attorney and advance health directive forms will come into effect in Queensland from 30 November 2020.
An Enduring Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives someone you trust the authority to make personal, health and financial decisions on your behalf if you are not able to make decisions yourself.
The Advance Health Directive is a legal document which outlines what’s important to you about your medical treatment and care in the event that you can’t make or communicate decisions.
On 30 November 2020 important changes will be made to the law underpinning Queensland’s guardianship system. These changes provide stronger safeguards for adults with impaired capacity, stronger protections against elder financial abuse and exploitation and a more modern human rights focus to guardianship in Queensland.
New enduring power of attorney and advance health directive forms will replace existing forms and the new forms should be used to make these documents from 30 November 2020.
The Queensland Government has produced a factsheet with Frequently Asked Questions.